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Thinking about thoughts: how the brain evaluates confidence

Do you want to marry your partner? Do you want to quit your job? And perhaps more importantly, how sure are you about it? Even for “yes or no” questions, our decisions cannot be reduced to black or white. Decisions always come with a sense... click to read more

  • Alexander Unruh-Pinheiro | PhD Student at Epileptology Department, University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany
  • Florian Mormann | Professor at Epileptology Department, University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany
Views 1410
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2022
How does the brain orchestrate survival?

We can think of the way the brain processes information as an orchestral ensemble. In the brain, information is mainly processed by a specialized type of brain cell called neurons, like individual instruments in the orchestra. Neurons use electrical signals to transmit information. These signals... click to read more

  • Shengjin Xu | Principal Investigator at Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Hui Yang | PhD graduate at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
  • Scott M. Sternson | Professor at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Views 1788
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 16, 2021
Finding the one: what prairie voles can tell us about the drive to seek out our romantic partner

As humans, we fall in love and "couple-up", something scientists refer to as a pair bond. This is unusual among mammals, most of whom are promiscuous - typically mating and moving on. Fewer than 10% of mammalian species share our ability to form pair bonds,... click to read more

  • William M. Sheeran | MD/PhD Student at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • David S.W. Protter | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Zoe R. Donaldson | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA; Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
Views 4074
Reading time 5 min
published on Jun 3, 2021
How to counteract age when the nervous system is damaged

As we get older, the body becomes more prone to damage and is less able to repair it. The delicate tissue of the brain and spinal cord (collectively referred to as the central nervous system) are no exception. With age, damage due to traumatic brain... click to read more

  • Nathan J. Michaels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Jason R. Plemel | Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Views 1807
Reading time 4.5 min
published on May 11, 2021
How our brain temporally organizes our memories of past events

The ability of the brain to represent time is fundamental for human experience. When something remarkable happens to us, our brain records it as a video. When we remember it, we recall also the location and time sequence in which the event occurred, in addition... click to read more

  • Elena Delfino | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1598
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 7, 2021